KARTIKI LAWATE speaks to Pune-based DJ Vispi on taking up DJing as a career and the challenges he faced while becoming one.
In the past decade or so, India has seen a rise in the younger generationg taking up music as a career. With the craze for being in the limelight, plenty of youngsters are taking up DJing as a career choice, with many feeling, being a DJ is easier than being anything else. Well, I hate to burst the bubble, but becoming a DJ is not all that easy. Why? You ask. Becuase, there are more than 30 DJs graduating every month solely in Pune, which means, birth of one DJ everyday.
So the supply is high, but the number of clubs to give aspiring DJs a job, less. So taking up DJing as the only career choice becomes a problem. Most of the DJs today do DJing as a side thing, just for fun or some extra income. And if you want to be a full time DJ and make a career out of it, then you really have to be excellent.
DJing today is not just about playing good music, but a lot more. It’s an extension of your personality. You need to market yourself, build pn your public image and increase your crowd following.
Awareness about this field
Now a days with all these social medias and stuff, the awareness has surely increased to a great extent. Every DJ has thousands of followers on his page. So people too are keen to know more about this industry. Music sense is chaning as well. Earlier the music sense was very primitive, now thanks to the internet, people follow a wide range of music genres. In fact there are times when the audience is more musically updated than the DJ.
This is a tough one. But yes one of my sure favourites is DJ Suketu. It’s actually not that easy to survive in this industry for more than 15 years and to constantly be in the good books and limelight. Internationally, I like Hardwell, truely number one.
What do I do when I am not djing
I party almost everyday, especially weekends, when there are almost three events per night. So most of my leisure time is normally Monday, Thursday. Lack of free time doesn’t bother me actually. In fact I like it. I do enjoy watching movies and I love cooking. By cooking I mean only things I like to eat and not the main course.
Pune has changed…
I have been born and brought up in Pune and wish never to leave it. I love Pune. I’ve seen it grow. Yes it has changed a lot. For good or bad, difficult to say. Like when I’m stuck up in traffic I feel the crowd is bad, but when we have a packed dance floor it makes my party happening. I believe that Pune is compartively a calm city unlike Mumbai. And I am happy about it.
Partying almost every night, so surely on one leisure day that I get, I prefer a calm peaceful dinner with my wife. For years our favourite has been The High Spirits Cafe. I used to play there way back in 2008. But still whenever I go I just love the place. In fact they truely mean their tagline – Come home to high. Khodu, the owner of the place surely plays a perfect host.
Favourite Bollywood song
Apart from the latest ‘Sooraj Dooba Hai’ and all the others, I prefer listening to older soft songs. A few among the ones I like are ‘Teri Deewani’ by Kailash Kher, ‘Beetein Lamhe’ and ‘Chal Challein Apne Ghar’ from the movie ‘Woh Lamhe’. I just love this song and can listen to it in a loop, maybe because it reminds me of the most romantic time I had when I proposed to the love of my life – my wife.
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